Deputy Director, Bolch Judicial Institute
John Rabiej has served as director of the Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies since the center launched in 2012. He oversees the Center’s growing portfolio of programs, including the Master of Judicial Studies degree program for judges, the Duke Bench-Bar-Academy Conference Series, EDRM, and Judicature, the scholarly journal for judges. Rabiej served from 1992 to 2010 as the chief of the support office for the Judicial Conference Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure and the committee’s five advisory committees on appellate, bankruptcy, civil, criminal, and evidence rules. In this role, he coordinated the work of the rules committees, which are composed of federal judges, lawyers, and academics and are charged by Congress with the responsibility of developing the rules and policies used in all federal courts. Rabiej also provided guidance on rules-related issues to the Judicial Conference, the United States Supreme Court, and Congress. From 2010 to 2011, he was executive director of The Sedona Conference.
George Socha is EDRM’s co-founder and the force behind the creation of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM), a framework that outlines the standards for the recovery and discovery of digital data, and the Information Governance Reference Model (IGRM), a similar framework specific to information management. He is skilled at developing and implementing electronic discovery strategies and managing electronic discovery processes. Named an “E-Discovery Trailblazer” by The American Lawyer, Socha is now managing director in BDO’s Technology and Business Transformation practice where he assists corporate, law firm, and government clients with all facets of electronic discovery, including information governance, domestically and globally. As a renowned industry thought leader, Socha has authored more than 50 articles, spoken at more than 200 engagements across the world, and provided expert testimony on subjects related to e-discovery. Socha and his EDRM cofounder, Tom Gelbmann, transferred EDRM to Duke Law School in 2016, and Socha continues to provide strategic direction for EDRM.
Associate Director, Bolch Judicial Institute
Melinda Vaughn is associate director and marketing manager for the Bolch Judicial Institute and managing editor of Judicature, the Institute’s scholarly journal about judging and the administration of justice. She is experienced in strategic communications, content marketing, writing and publications development, web and multimedia initiatives, media relations, and event planning. She previously served as executive director of communications and events for Duke Law School (2007-2013); as senior editor and then senior manager for content marketing for Citrix’s software-as-a-service division (2013-2015); and as executive director of communications and events at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law (2003-2007). She joined the Institute in 2015 to help launch Judicature after Duke took over the 100-year-old publication from the now-defunct American Judicature Society.
Lora Beth Farmer
Program Manager, EDRM
Program Coordinator, Bolch Judicial Institute
Lora Beth Farmer is a program coordinator at the Bolch Judicial Institute. She joined Duke Law in 2016 and now assists in managing EDRM, a professional organization focused on e-discovery, and supporting AJEI, the Duke Bench-Bar Conference series, the North Carolina Thought Leadership organization, and various other programs. A North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal with 17 years of experience in litigation, Lora Beth also holds a degree in business and accounting and helps to manage finances for the Institute’s various programs.